Former US President George W. Bush
Former US President George W. Bush is unlikely to be tried for war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan despite calls by activists, an expert says.
During his presidency, Bush ordered attacks on Afghanistan and Iraq during which large numbers of civilians were killed; and the civilian death tolls continue to rise.
"There is no groundswell really to try to put him on trial here. And the UN certainly has avoided these issues. They made certain noises about torture and alike but they haven't really called for any judicial action," New York-based Danny Schechter, editor of Mdiachannel.org, told Press TV in an interview on Sunday.
"There is no international court that will try Bush. He certainly has not been referred to the International Criminal Court. So, I don't think it is very likely. I think he has been tried in a court of public opinion worldwide and found guilty," Schechter added.
The US spearheaded the 2003 Iraq invasion after Bush and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair built the case for it by claiming that Baghdad had weapons of mass destruction (WMD).
The US-led troops never found any such weapons, and official statistics show nearly a million Iraqis have been killed since the invasion.
In his memoir, Decision Points
, Bush says he was shocked that no WMDs were found in Iraq; yet he goes on to justify the war saying that the United States and Iraq are better off without the former Iraqi dictator, Saddam Hussein.